Salmonellosis in horses is the topic of the latest episode of Morris Animal Foundation’s “Fresh Scoop” podcast, available now for streaming and download. Host Dr. Kelly Diehl, the Foundation’s Senior Director of Science and Communications, speaks with the University of Georgia’s Dr. Brandy Burgess, an epidemiologist and infectious disease expert.
The two discuss what we know about the bacterial disease, current management strategies and challenges it poses to veterinarians. Dr. Burgess also talks about her current Foundation-funded research, which is determining the duration of salmonella shedding among test-positive horses.
Salmonellosis is one of the most common bacterial diseases of adult horses, causing diarrhea and, in some cases, even death. Infection can occur via contamination of the environment, feed or water, or by contact with animals actively shedding the bacteria. An ever-present fear for equine veterinarians and horse owners, Salmonellosis is easily transmitted from horse to horse and can also pass to other animals as well as pose a risk to people.
Dr. Burgess is an associate professor at the Department of Population Health at the University of Georgia. She also is a diplomate of both the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Large Animal Internal Medicine), and the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.
Fresh Scoop is Morris Animal Foundation’s monthly veterinary science podcast designed to appeal to practicing veterinarians, veterinary technicians and students, as well as animal-loving science geeks. Episodes are available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher and the Foundation’s podcast page.
Morris Animal Foundation, headquartered in Denver, is one of the largest nonprofit animal health research organizations in the world, funding more than $136 million in studies across a broad range of species.
About Morris Animal Foundation
Morris Animal Foundation’s mission is to bridge science and resources to advance the health of animals. Founded by a veterinarian in 1948, we fund and conduct critical health studies for the benefit of all animals. Learn more at morrisanimalfoundation.org.